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Job 13:20

    Job 13:20 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Only do not two things unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Only do not two things to me: then will I not hide myself from you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Only do not two things unto me; Then will I not hide myself from thy face:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Only two things do not do to me, then I will come before your face:

    Webster's Revision

    Only do not two things unto me; Then will I not hide myself from thy face:

    World English Bible

    "Only don't do two things to me; then I will not hide myself from your face:

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Only do not two things unto me, then will I not hide myself from thy face:

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 13:20

    Only do not two things unto me - These two things are the following:

    1. Withdraw thine hand far from me - remove the heavy affliction which thy hand has inflicted.

    2. Let not thy dread make me afraid - terrify me not with dreadful displays of thy majesty. The reasons of this request are sufficiently evident:

    1. How can a man stand in a court of justice and plead for his life, when under grievous bodily affliction? Withdraw thy hand far from me.

    2. Is it to be expected that a man can be sufficiently recollected, and in self-possession, to plead for his life, when he is overwhelmed with the awful appearance of the judge, the splendor of the court, and the various ensigns of justice? Let not thy dread make me afraid.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 13:20

    Only do not two - things "unto me." The two things which are specified in the following verse. This is an address to God as Job argues his cause before him, and the request is, that he would remove every obstacle to his presenting his cause in the most favorable manner, and so that he may be on equal terms with him. See the notes at Job 9:34-35. He was ready to present his cause, and to plead before God, as Job 13:18 he had the utmost confidence that he would be able so to present it as to vindicate himself; and he asks of God that he would withdraw his hand for a time Job 13:21 and not terrify him Job 13:21, so that he could present his case with the full vigor of his mind and body, and so that he need not be overawed by the sense of the majesty and glory of the Most High. He wished to be free to present his cause without the impediments arising from a deeply distressing and painful malady. He wished to have his full intellectual and bodily vigor restored for a time to him, and then he was confident that he could successfully defend himself. He felt that, he was now enfeebled by disease, and incapacitated from making the effort for self-vindication and for maintaining his cause, which he would have been enabled to make in his palmy days.

    Then will I not hide myself from thee - From God. I will stand forth boldly and maintain my cause. I will not attempt to conceal myself, or shun the trial and the argument. See Job 9:34-35.
    Book: Job